Olympus broke the ground Wednesday (February 21, 2018) for a new factory in Jenfeld with a ceremony attended by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg. “Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe is sending yet another strong signal in favour of innovative Hamburg with this ground-breaking ceremony. That creates jobs and puts the company and our health sector ahead. All over the globe, countless numbers of patients can now hope for more progress in minimal invasive surgery,” Scholz commented.
Medical technology of the future
In late 2017, construction of the 20,000 square metre factory to develop and produce medical technology for the global market began in Jenfeld’s Kuehnstrasse. Stefan Kaufmann, Executive Managing Director Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, said: “The medical technology of the future is being created and built for global markets here. That will boost our development and production skills for rigid endoscopy, bipolar high-frequency surgery, system integration and instrument preparation at the Hamburg branch and will contribute to our worldwide growth in medical technology from the city.“
Olympus is hiring and planning up to 5 per cent more jobs annually mainly in medical technology. The new jobs have been accounted for in the expansions plans. Dr. André Roggan, Executive Managing Director, Olympus, said: “In accordance with the trend in recent years, we are planning strategic global growth of between 4 -5 per cent annually by 2025. The new building takes account of this development and will offer our staff a modern, inspiring work environment in Jenfeld.”
New, bigger factory to improve production
The new factory will include several buildings for production, logistics and services and will also facilitate the long-term growth of Olympus. This will allow the company to expand and improve production. Production modelled on TPS/lean-manufacturing will also be introduced. The building is due for completion in summer 2019.
New building in Hammerbrook
Olympus is also constructing a new corporate building in Hammerbrook for sales and marketing products across Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as well as Olympus Deutschland GmbH. The new headquarters are being built on a 55,000 square metre site and will accommodate up to 1,250 employees. Construction is due for completion in 2020.
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